[Video] After Watching This, You’ll Never Tackle A Job Without A Speed Square Again!

Did you ever wonder how a Swanson speed square works? It’s quite a fancy tool and there are various tricks that you can use it with other than for framing.

A Swanson speed square is typically used in framing carpentry to find the right angles in cutting rafters and squares. There are some tips, standing alone or in combination with other basic tools, on how you can extensively use the speed square as a measuring and marking tool.

For example, you can use a plumb bob and a speed square to establish a level line instead of a vertical reference line.

source: Make Build Modify

From the highly successful “Make Build Modify” YouTube channel, “Speed Square Basics” is a must-watch video that provides the full skinny on the amazing usefulness of the speed square tool when it comes to creating perfectly level lines and angles for your measurements.

If you’re doing home repair or renovation work of any kind, precision is always of the utmost importance. Even the most marginal deviation in the wrong direction can lead to problems that could easily set you back. Most people that aren’t prepared have check and re-check their measurements endlessly or deal with counterproductive inaccuracies.




With the simple use of a speed square, you won’t have to waste as much time in the early stages going back over your initial work, and you’ll be far more precise. There are several handy tricks that you can use to make sure your measurements always end up dead-on with very little effort required. They can be used to maximize the efficiency of any project imaginable, from the construction of the tiniest pieces of furniture to major roofing structure repairs.

Perhaps best of all, speed squares are immensely affordable; that even goes for the metal constructed versions from major manufacturers like Swanson. They’re also easy to use and small enough to store pretty much anywhere for quick access. It’s amazing how sometimes the simplest tools can make even the most frustrating project a complete breeze.

source: Make Build Modify

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4 thoughts on “[Video] After Watching This, You’ll Never Tackle A Job Without A Speed Square Again!

  • September 9, 2017 at 11:37 pm
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    Hi, seen video, what I need to know is this , when you make the birds mouth cut ,how do you figure out exactly where on the wood to make the cut. Is there a measurement to tell you exactly where to make the cut. Thanks

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  • January 7, 2018 at 8:00 am
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    You need to figure out the length of your rafter and also know what your heel height is. Once you have this, cut your to angle then measure your rafter. Now mark your angle and on that angle measure your heel down and that is where your birds mouth will be.

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  • January 13, 2018 at 11:45 am
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    Nice job on the video.

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  • April 2, 2018 at 5:57 am
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    Excellent & pithy instruction complete with visuals…I will watch it several more times to be sure I have the principles. One of the best teaching I’ve seen in a while. Thanks!

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